3-2-1 Cake

Mixing the cake mixes with their Nanny (my mom)

Tonight we had this super easy dessert.  My aunt shared the recipe with our family and we thought it would be a fun thing to do with the girls on our last night of vacation (Sidenote:  we’ve been visiting family back East for the past few weeks and having a great time.  It’s going to be hard to leave tomorrow).


  • 1 box of Angel food cake mix
  • 1 box of any other kind of cake mix
  • Water

Mix the two cake mixes together (Angel food and one other).  Do not add eggs, oil, or anything else.  We used a ziplock bag to mix them so that you could also store the mix for next time.

Then you use:

  • 3 Tbsp cake mix
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 coffee mug

Stir it in the mug then cook it for 1 minute on 50% power in the microwave.

It is a fabulous sweet little treat.  You can put a topping on it like cool whip, chocolate syrup, etc.  We tried it with frosting and sprinkles, but our favorite was adding ice cream with it.

It tastes like a sweet cupcake.  You can eat it in the mug or drop it onto a plate.  Delicious!

Color Game

During our big clean up I came across this flower game that the girls used to love when they were first learning their colors.  It was actually one of the first games I ever made for them.

Click here for the template

I actually only printed out pages 2-5 and 10-13; then cut out the flowers.  I also cut out the inner circles in the second set and laminated all of them.  This created a little

Showing the window on the second set

window so that the girls could lay the second set over the first to find the matching

flower.  That was actually one of their favorite parts of the game–laying them over the wrong ones and say “No” and then moving it to the next one.

I can’t remember exactly when we started playing with the flowers.  I know it was before they were two.  We started with just a few and would say the colors while the girls matched them, developing visual discrimination and fine motor skills.  Eventually the girls would say the colors themselves and use all the flowers.



If you haven’t seen them, Do-A-Dots are markers/paint pens in a bottle with a sponge top that you use to make dots.  Or as my smarty pants sister pointed out, they are bingo markers.  I saw them awhile back at Michaels but have always been reluctant to get them because I wasn’t sure if they were worth it.  Would they be fun?  Are they really worth it?

After hemming and hawing, I realized the other day at the store that this was really a very silly thing to be debating so fiercely with myself.  After all, it’s not like we don’t like buying art supplies in our family.  So we picked up the bright set and one of the books…

And we love them!  They really are great.  We love to paint but sometimes I just don’t feel like getting out all of the stuff or we just don’t have the time to really do it.  These are quick, clean, and fun!  I highly recommend them!

They have all kinds of books filled with pictures to paint–from letters and numbers to animals or trucks.  Don’t want to buy one of the picture books?  You can find great printouts from dltk here.

We’ll still use our magnetic pom poms and cookie sheets to do some pictures and letter activities but we also will enjoy our Do-A-dots when we need a quick art project to break up the day.

So while you might not obsess over craft supplies like I do, if you have been wondering about those dot pens, the answer is yes, they are fun and worth it!

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